Best known as the bassist for Japan and for his work with the post-Bauhaus project, Dali's Car, the following message has been released on Mick Karns official website:
With great sadness we regret to inform you that Mick has recently been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. Mick is currently in a positive mood and undergoing further tests and treatment. His family and friends are close with him, supporting him in practical ways, and surrounding him with their love, friendship and care.
Mick has been struggling financially for some considerable time now and we are hoping that this appeal may help to raise funds for any necessary treatment and perhaps go some way towards providing a small degree of financial support whilst Mick's immediate family provide the care and comfort we would all wish for him. We are hoping that his friends, fans and musical colleagues will, over the coming months, offer any support they feel capable of giving. Quite aside from the sheer brunt of daunting medically-related costs, Mick's clear and major concern is for the security and well being of his wife and young son.
If you would like to make a donation whether as an individual or as a group, you can do so via the paypal link (on Mick's website) which has been set up for this sole and express purpose. Any support you are able to give, no matter how small, could make a difference in helping Mick cope during this difficult period. His friends will be looking at a variety of ways to raise funds.
If you would simply like to leave your kind messages of support for Mick, please do so here.
Additionally, Steve Jansen has kindly agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of any Mick Karn portraits from his website to the Mick Karn Appeal. The images can be purchased here.
We understand that some people are not able to use Paypal but would still like to donate to the appeal. If this is the case for you please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be very pleased to find an alternative payment method.
Photo: Mick Karn